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Samsung YP-Q1

Updated on June 10, 2009

This is a second product in the Q1 series by Samsung. The YP-Q1 is definitely modified and far advanced and can be declared as one of the best MP3 players from the makers, Samsung. The flash-based MP3 and video player comes in 4GB, 8GB and 16GB storage capacities. And the best part of the deal is that you can buy a 16GB media player for less than £100.

Samsung YP-Q1

The YP-Q1 has a striking 2.4” QGVA display screen with a bright blue LED light. Beneath the screen lies the extremely touch-sensitive four-way control pad, a replica of the YP-K3. It has a manual lock switch and a built-in microphone at the back suitable for voice recording. The icon-driven clear-cut menus and the picture quality are certainly commendable. You can also use the convenient drag and drop option that is made available on the YP-Q1.

The Samsung YP-Q1 supports MP3, WMA, FLAC, OGG and protected WMA audio formats, WMV and MPEG4-SP video formats and JPEG photos. What it lacks though is the AAC or basic WAV files. Considering the small screen the picture quality is fabulous with crisp sharp images. Unfortunately for the sound quality, it does not reach the mark of its rivals although it plays back all varieties of soundtracks. 320 x 240-pixel resolutions at bits rate up to 768kbps back up the Windows Media Video files. It manages file conversions with ease but there are other ways of doing it too. Alas, It does not support any other advanced video formats!

A built-in FM Radio has the capability of recording live onto the internal memory of the Samsung YP-Q1 as 128kbps stereo MP3 files. Voice recording is done through the internal microphone also at 128kbps. Earphones that come along with it are a slight damper and may need to be replaced by a better device if you wish to get a better sound quality. The battery can last up to 30 hours of music playback and four hours of video playback on a single charge, which is quite a strong battery life.

The Samsung YP-Q1 is a welcome buy for British television viewers because the media player is compatible with the BBC iPlayer. BBC viewers can download episodes of their favourite BBC television and radio shows to be watched at a future date. All you have to do is download the programme of your choice and sync it with the Windows Media Player on your PC. It is an easy procedure and hardly takes any time. Once the BBC programmes are downloaded onto your PC, you can plug into it and pick the shows you want to see and drop them onto your media player and be entertained when on the move.

The Samsung YP-Q1 is priced at an affordable rate of £59 for the 4GB capacity, £79 for a 8GB storage capacity and £109 for a 16GB version.

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